I am pretty certain we all know that you cannot get rid of cellulite and stretchmarks but can reduce their appearance. As one who has been prone to both since I can remember, I have searched high and low for remedies over the years, including how to get rid of them. The searches have yielded some successful results as far as reducing visibility and not getting rid of them is concerned. I will take you through how to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretchmarks.
How to reduce the appearance of cellulite
So lightly defined, cellulite is when underlying fat deposits are pushed through the skin, giving it the dimpled and lumpy appearance. Women are prone to be affected by cellulite than are men. While my cellulite chooses to sit on my butt and thighs, it can in other cases show up on the arms, and the abdomen. Genetics and hormones play a major role in who gets affected by cellulite. My mum had cellulite and that is where my story begins. People with low body fat can and have cellulite, so it is not really a ‘you have cellulite because you are fat’ kind of thing. Here is what you can do to remedy the situation:
Dry Skin Brushing
For this method, you will require a medium sized non-synthetic brush. Massage the brush into the affected areas using a circular motion for 5 – 10 minutes. Do not use the brush on broken skin or areas where you have varicose veins. Dry brush frequently, preferably before your bath. If done consistently over a period of time, you will start seeing the reduction of cellulite.
Cut Down on Sugar, Dairy and Bread
My cellulite dramatically flares up when I consume bread, diary and a lot of processed sugar. My thighs look like a block of cottage cheese when I consume these three foods. Cutting them out or down hugely reduces the larger dimples on my affected areas. This is proof that nutrition really does matter when it comes to cellulite and its appearance. But for a sugar addict like myself, it is a constant battle that I fight with cellulite.
Weight training reduces body fat percentage and increases muscle mass. Since cellulite is fat deposits that are unevenly distributed, strength training has played a major part in decreasing the appearance of my cellulite. When I follow training routines that target legs twice a week, I see excellent results after 4-6 weeks. Exercises such as squats, lunges, and deadlifts are the best when it comes to toning the troubled areas on the legs.
Workout Regularly to Lose Weight
If you are carrying extra weight, losing weight (fat loss) will go a long way in reducing the cellulite. As you workout regularly and burn fat, the fat deposits will begin to shrink, making cellulite less visible.
How to Reduce Stretch Marks
My stretch marks didn’t appear until I was pregnant with my first child about 12 years ago. My tummy then looked like a warehouse for lightning bolts!
Stretch marks usually appear when one drastically loses or gains weight and in other cases, they are caused by one’s genetic composition and stress levels. Both men and women can be affected by stretch marks. The colour of stretchmarks varies from person to person.
To reduce the visibility of stretch marks, try these remedies:
When it comes to reducing my stretchmarks, I swear by Palmers Cocoa Butter (please note that I have not been paid by Palmers to recommend this lotion). The smell of cocoa butter is not really flattering but who cares, it does the job I need it to do. I have however noticed that a few weeks after I stop using cocoa butter, my stretchmarks become more colourful but not in an attractive way. I had in the past tried Bio-Oil which a lot of people recommend for stretchmarks, but it did absolutely nothing for me and my condition. I, therefore, would say that you have to find what works for your skin. Maybe Bio-Oil might work for you and cocoa butter may not.
I think there seems to be no problem that coconut oil can’t handle (well apart from financial problems haha).
Massage coconut oil on both new and old stretchmarks before bedtime and rinse it off in the morning. The saturated fats that are contained in coconut oil reduce the appearance of stretchmarks by fighting free radicals.
There are of course other remedies for stretch marks out there and if these two do not work for you then you can try aloe vera, vitamin E, or rubbing peeled raw potatoes onto the affected areas. And if your pocket allows, then go with the laser treatment route.
Finally, there is no cream or product that will get rid of cellulite and stretchmarks. Accepting this fact will help you love your dimples and stripes. Some of the models we see in the media or strive to look like have either or both. The only reason we don’t see it is because their images are wonderfully airbrushed.